'Prometheus': What the Critics are Saying

3:11 PM PST 06/07/2012 by Kelly Payton
Twentieth Century Fox

Premiering June 8, Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic will "hit the spot with thrill-seeking audiences worldwide" according to THR's Todd McCarthy.

Prometheus, created by filmmaker Ridley Scott, premieres in U.S. theaters June 8. While it’s described as “no classic,” it has definitely proven to have potential.

Before the UK premiere, Prometheus broke the central London BFI IMAX theater record making $737,588 on the 30,000 pre-sale tickets sold. Now the question remains if it will break records in the U.S. as well.

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Prometheus stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce. The team of explorers on the space vessel Prometheus embark on a journey to discover clues of the origins of mankind. This adventure leads them to the most dangerous and dark corners of the universe, and an epic battle to save mankind.

Prometheus has currently received a 74 percent on RottenTomatoes.

Read below for some of the reviews from the top critics:

The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy says although Prometheus won’t become a classic, he believes it will please a thrill-seeking audience.

Ridley Scott's third venture into science fiction, after Alien in 1979 and Blade Runner in 1982, won't become a genre benchmark like those classics despite its equivalent seriousness and ambition, but it does supply enough visual spectacle, tense action and sticky, slithery monster attacks to hit the spot with thrill-seeking audiences worldwide. The bottom line: A visually stunning return to science fiction by Ridley Scott caters too much to audience expectations when more imaginative boldness would have taken it further.”

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Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert gave the film a positive review, commenting on the quality plot and special effects. He says, “Prometheus is a magnificent science-fiction film, all the more intriguing because it raises questions about the origin of human life and doesn't have the answers. I'm a pushover for material like this; it's a seamless blend of story, special effects and pitch-perfect casting, filmed in sane, effective 3-D that doesn't distract.”

Some critics disagree and believe that the plot could be stronger and doesn’t live up to Scott's earlier work, Alien.

A.O. Scott of The New York Times says, “I’ll avoid spoilers here, but Prometheus kind of spoils itself with twists and reversals that pull the movie away from its lofty, mind-blowing potential. Geeks and dreamers will hold onto scraps of splendor and wish for more. There are no revelations, only what are called, in the cynical jargon of commercial storytelling, 'reveals,' bits of momentarily surprising information bereft of meaning or resonance.”

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The Boston Globe critic Ty Burr describes the movie as “a spin-off” of the Alien franchise. His overall impression? “Watching Prometheus is like opening a deluxe gift box from Tiffany’s to find a mug from the dollar store."

Christy Lemire of Associated Press looks at the film more positively: “Strikingly beautiful, expertly paced, vividly detailed and scary as hell, it holds you in its grip for its entirety and doesn't let go. You'll squeal, you'll squirm and you'll probably continue feeling a lingering sense of anxiety afterward. That's how effective it is in creating and sustaining an intensely suspenseful mood.”

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